Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Psychology (5 posts)

United Kingdom
Aug 04, 2017
Sep 15, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Job Purpose

5 posts at Lecturer or Senior Lecturer Level, with potential to appoint as Reader (dependent on the level of experience).

The School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham is embarking on a second phase of major recruitment as a result of outstanding performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and major investment provided to the School by the University. The School will be moving to new accommodation in the form of a fully refurbished, purpose-designed space and a new-build Centre for Human Brain Health that will house our new MRI, MEG, EEG, NIRS, sleep lab, and the recently appointed Chair in Translational Neuroscience. The School has also launched a major new initiative in adolescent mental health by partnering with the College of Social Sciences, Psychiatry, and Forward Thinking Birmingham NHS Trust to establish the Institute of Mental Health. The IMH has as its mission to bridge between basic and translational research.

We wish to strengthen our School to accomplish our ambitious research and teaching goals by seeking five Lecturers/Senior Lecturers/Readers. We welcome applicants who will complement and extend any of our areas of expertise across our existing four Research Themes: Perception, Cognition, and Action; Mental Health and Wellbeing; Language, Interaction, and Social Cognition; Memory and Attention. We particularly welcome applicants with strength in the following topics, approaches and methods: Healthy lifestyle and ageing, with a particular emphasis on sleep and eating behaviours; adolescent mental health, including early risk markers in neurodevelopment; longitudinal and behavioural genetics approaches; language and the brain, with a particular emphasis on healthy ageing; electrophysiological approaches to memory using animal models, and the application of memory research to clinical disorders; computational science, including machine learning, Bayesian modelling, and computational models of perception, categorisation and attention.

The School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham (http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/psychology/index.aspx) is one of the largest and most successful in the UK, currently ranked in the top 5 Schools in the country (REF 2014). The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from currently under-represented groups. The School of Psychology has a Bronze Athena SWAN award and strives to maintain a flexible and supportive environment that enables its staff to flourish.


Person Specification

Skills and Experience – Lecturer

• Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications
• Substantial research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
• Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
• Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels

• Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation and high quality research outputs
• Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
• Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
• Evidence of grant capture is desirable.

• Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes
• Experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching, and advising colleagues

Management Administration
• Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
• Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
• Ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes


Skills and Experience – Senior Lecturer

Demonstrated competence in Research; Learning and Teaching; and Management and Administration; and excellence in at least two of these areas.

Research requirements

An excellent national reputation and a developing international profile through significant original research work and a clear record of impact. Evidence of success under the following headings, as appropriate to the discipline:

High level peer esteem as evidenced by

  • Excellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition
  • An excellent and sustained record of peer reviewed research publications
  • Successful and sustained supervision of doctoral students to completion
  • Substantial and sustained research income generation, e.g. through research grants, contracts, research consultancy or other external funding
  • Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University

Learning and teaching requirements
An excellent teaching profile and performance in terms of both impact and quality. The teaching quality demonstrated to be informed by an appropriate level of scholarship. Evidence of success under the following headings:


  • High national reputation for the development of teaching and learning excellence within the discipline
  • Successful and sustained use of a range of appropriate teaching methods, and assessment strategies that promote high quality learning, including learning that is flexible, distinctive and current and stimulates learners’ natural curiosity
  • Significant and sustained contribution to one or more of the following: strategic development of new programmes; approaches to learning; the development of learning resources
  • High quality and sustained contributions to fostering excellence in teaching activities more widely, i.e. in the Department/School or College and/or externally
  • Track record of substantial and sustained high value impact on the enhancement of the student experience, and/or employability
  • Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching and in fostering learning

Management and administration-related requirements
Demonstrated significant achievement in management and administration-related activities, which may include leadership of activities/initiatives. Evidence of success under the following headings:


  • Successful and sustained performance in significant administrative/managerial role (s) (e.g. exams officer)
  • Significant and sustained high quality innovative contributions to the management/administration of the Department/School/College or University
  • Successful and sustained contribution to the corporate life of the School/College/University, displaying willingness to contribute actively to committees, collaborative teaching and administrative tasks

Excellent candidates with very strong research records of outputs and funding may be considered for the conferment of the title of Reader.

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